The speculation surrounding Steve Bruce’s future at Newcastle United has been one of the biggest talking points since last week’s takeover confirmation.

There was wide speculation and even a strong feeling across the game that Bruce would be relived of his duties ahead of the first match under their new regime against Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Bruce took charge of the 3-2 defeat - his 1000th in management - and as things stand, will oversee preparations for Saturday's game at Crystal Palace.

The likes of Brendan Rodgers, Lucien Favre, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have all been linked with the potential vacancy in the last seven days, Rodgers making it quite clear he wouldn't leave Leicester.

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The takeover, from a Saudi Arabian based consortium consisting of the Public Investment Fund, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben Brothers, is arguably the highest profile buyout involving a Premier League club since Manchester City in 2008.

City, as well as Chelsea, are two clubs who have both been transformed since the turn of the century thanks to two new billionaire owners.

With Bruce’s future on Tyneside still being questioned despite him set to lead the team out today in his 1,000th game as a manager, we have taken a look at what happened with the managers at both City and Chelsea upon the completion of their respective takeovers.


When Roman Abramovic finalised his buyout of the Blues in 2003, Claudio Ranieri was in the dugout at Stamford Bridge.

In fact, during the Russian’s first season as owner of the club, Ranieri guided Chelsea to a second- placed finish in the Premier League.

However, their runners up finish, behind only Arsenal, who went the full league season unbeaten, was not enough to keep the Italian in the job and he was promptly sacked within just a few weeks of the season ending.

In an interview with Sky Sports six years ago, Ranieri admitted that he knew as soon as Abramovic arrived at Stamford Bridge he did not have long left in the job, a similar position you could argue Bruce is currently in.

He said: “Yes, immediately. The chief executive [Trevor Birch] told me there is a new owner and I said 'me and you are the first who go home'. You imagine, the new owner arrives and he wants to put in his own men. It is normal.

"If the new owner wants to change something, it is normal. I wanted to show our best and we bought some good players. I wanted to win something.

"In July, Abramovich wanted to bring Sven-Goran Eriksson, who was the manager of the [England] national team. It wasn't possible for him and he said 'OK, start and we'll see what we can buy'.

But Abramovic’s decision to pull the trigger on Ranieri paid dividends almost straight away following the appointment of Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho guided them to their first Premier League title, earning a record 95 points, losing just once and conceding only 15 goals in 38 matches.

The Blues also won the League Cup during the 2004/05 season, before going on to retain their league crown the following year, suggesting Abramovic’s choice to gamble on a new manager was the right choice.

Manchester City

Upon the arrival of billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour at Manchester City in 2008, Mark Hughes was in charge.

In Mansour’s first year at the club, he spent over £100 million on transfer fees, bringing in the likes of Robinho and Nigel de Jong throughout both the summer and January, but they ended in a disappointing 10th position.

Despite a notable improvement the following season, with City sat 6th in the table just a week before Christmas, Hughes was sacked.

A run of just two victories in 11 matches marked the end of the Welshman’s tenure and within a matter of hours, Roberto Mancini was appointed.

Given his extraordinary success at Inter Milan in his previous job, where he won six major honours in four seasons, his arrival was considered as quite a coup for the Citizens.

Despite the excitement surrounding Mancini’s appointment, Hughes’ sacking was not without controversy.

Without being informed by the club, but in fact a journalist, Hughes and his staff were set to be relieved of his duties, but not until they had taken charge of City’s clash with Sunderland.

Assistant manager at the time, Mark Bowen, recalls how that afternoon at the Etihad Stadium went down.

He said: “I was living in Solihull at the time and I was on my way to the game with my wife and kids in the car when I got a call from the journalist saying he'd been told it was our last game today.

"I got to the stadium and Mark was already in his room, he'd had the same news. It was really surreal. Mark was professional and said let's get on with the job in hand and win the game but we knew there was no smoke without fire."

Like Abramovic, Mansour’s decision to appoint a new manager paid off within just 18 months.

City won the FA Cup in Mancini’s first full season in charge, before then earning their maiden Premier League crown the following year.

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